So the episode I didn’t finish from We’d was an afternoon Bible study. This fits well with an opportunity from yesterday, where I shared with a youth football team, as Colin shared on Wed.We had gone a short distance into woods from the Chigumula base, and there is an isolated village of workers who come from all over Malawi to work in the woods. The government has put up houses and all are full. We sat on chairs in the dust, and it was a blowy and increasingly chilly afternoon.Colin shared, and Charles translated, on Luke 5, where Jesus preaches from the boat and then gets Peter to try again for a catch of fish. He shared how Peter realised so much more about Jesus. After some discussion, he also used Ezekiel 47 to talk about going deeper in God, and from being a new Christian to getting baptized and also getting filled with the Spirit. We prayed for them, and they brought out food as gifts for Charles and his wife, as they were grateful for the ongoing time they have spent with them, from bringing them Mark’s gospels in Chichewa, to continuing Bible studies. I saw at least three full Chichewan Bibles amongst them.Then yesterday, after some ‘African’ delay, we drove out from Blantyre to Phalombe district, which is much more rural and quiet. This base has no running water, some electricity, but is well built and smart. Most of the houses in the area are built from mud bricks. Some had to be rebuilt after the recent floods, and aid came from the Base to rebuild three or four of the houses. Patience is the man running the Base currently, with a volunteer Sankho help him. We enjoyed good hospitality in terms of food, and Chris had purchased a chicken to enhance the evening meal.We walked around the village, and Patrick who used to live here was greeting everyone. Muli bwanje is a catch-all greeting or you can put your hands together as a greeting as you pass people. We watched Patience play with a group of about 18 young people and then they sat down. Chris shared on Proverbs, and the Lord directing our steps. I talked to them then about running a marathon, and used Philippians and reaching ahead, to encourage them to focus on Jesus, and being single-minded. Chris then prayed a good prayer to help them reflect. It was exciting to be part of encouraging them… More on this tomorrow!
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